Is God Actually Love?
Eventually we'll get back to actually planning our episodes, but for now, just talking about whatever we have going on seems to be working. In the pre-show recordings we actually talked about a lot of stuff (Mission/Vision/Strategy, poetry, writing, school, etc.), but at the end we decided on making our conversation about what the Apostle John might have meant when he said, "God is Love" in 1 John 4:8.
God is Love, or is He
I (Bruce) have been working on a book, titled 3 Command, that deals with this subject. Specifically, it discusses the three commands that Jesus intentionally points to for fulfilling the entire Old Testament law: Love the Lord your God, Love your neighbor, and Love each other. And you can't talk about the implications of those commands on our lives as Christians without first working through 1 John 4:8.
As I've studied that verse and other pastors' and theologians' perspective on it, I discovered a lot of them don't think it means what it sounds like it means. So I asked Thomas the question, "What do you think John meant when he said it?" That was the basis for the conversation.
That's the episode. We'd love to know what you think about whether God is actually love, or is it just a character trait?
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